Olympics 2014: US Women’s Hockey Team

Hilary Knight Goal

USA left wing Hilary Knight (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against Canada during the second period in an exhibition hockey game at Air Canada Centre. USA won 3-2. Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix209097

UPDATE: See the best pictures of Olympic women’s hockey in Sochi, including pictures from the gold medal game between the US women’s hockey team and Canada.

Update, US Women’s Hockey Olympic Results:

Final – USA 2, Canada 3

It was another silver medal for team USA after falling to Canada in overtime of the gold medal game. The American women had built a two goal lead before Canada tied the game to force over time. Pictures from the 2014 US Women’s hockey teams Olympic games can be found in our, Best Pictures of Women’s Olympic Hockey – Sochi 2014 post.

Semifinals – USA 6, Sweden 1

After four days off the United States were back on the ice to face Sweden in the semifinals. Megan Bozek and Brianna Decker led the scoring for team USA with each scoring a goal and adding two assists in the win. Now USA will go for gold in a rematch with Canada in the final on Thursday.

Group A game 3 – USA 2, Canada 3

With a spot in the Semifinals already secured for both teams the USA and Canada battled it out for the top spot. After getting the lead in the second the USA gave up three goals in the third. The defect proved to be two much for team USA. The team will now head into the semifinals as the second seed.

Group A game 2 – USA 9, Switzerland 0

Team USA was on top of all aspects of their game against Switzerland.  The Americans scored 9 goals and only give up a total of ten shots on net, all of which were stopped by Molly Schaus.

Group A game 1 – USA 3, Finland 1

Hilary Knight got the USA off to a quick start scoring the first goal of the tournament just 53 seconds into the game against Finland. Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter added goals in the second as the Americans cursed to victory.

Olympic rivalries are often fleeting but that’s not the case when it comes to the women’s hockey rivalry between The United States and Canada. Since the beginning of international women’s ice hockey in 1990 the US has faced Canada in 18 of 19 tournament finals including 3 of the 4 at the Olympics. 

Canada has gotten the best of the US in 12 of the 18 finals meetings. However the US is hoping to turn recent success at the World Championships into a second Olympic gold medal. The United States last won gold 1998 – which was the first year women’s hockey was part of the Olympic program.

The 2014 team USA will head to Sochi as the top ranked team with a mix of veterans and new faces. A total of 11 players will be making a return trip to the Olympics with 10 others making their Olympic debut.

Jessie Vetter – goalie

Molly Schaus – goalie

Brianne McLaughlin – goalie

Kacey Bellamy – defense

Gigi Marvin – defense

Megan Bozek – defense

Michelle Picard – defense

Josephine Pucci – defense

Anne Schleper – defense

Lee Stecklein – defense

Julie Chu – forward

Meghan Duggan – forward

Hilary Knight – forward

Jocelyne Lamoureux – forward

Monique Lamoureux – forward

Kelli Stack – forward

Alex Carpenter – forward

Kendall Coyne – forward

Brianna Decker – forward

Lyndsey Fry – forward

Amanda Kessel – forward

Julie Chu will be the most senior member of the team at 31 and making her fourth Olympic appearance. Chu has two Olympic silver medals and one bronze from her past Olympics but is hoping to earn Olympic gold in what could be her final games.

Julie Chu Team USA

Women’s Ice Hockey player Julie Chu, 31 from Fairfield, Connecticut, at the USOC Olympic Media Summit in Park City, Utah. Erich Schlegel/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasnine643456

One of the key new comers has a name that will be familiar to NHL fans. Growing up Amanda Kessel would play competitive hockey with older brothers Phil and Blake. Phil is now a star in the NHL with the Maple Leafs and a member of the US Men’s team. Blake is playing with the Solar Bears in the ECHL. Amanda is now one of the best women hockey players in the world and will make her first of what should be many Olympic Games with the US team.

Amanda Kessel

Women’s Ice Hockey Amanda Kessel, 22 from Madison, Wisconsin, at the USOC Olympic Media Summit in Park City, Utah. Erich Schlegel/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasnine646100

A medal is never guaranteed but the US women’s hockey team gives the US one of its best shots at winning gold Sochi. For more photos of the women making up the US women’s hockey team be sure to check out Newscom.

Defender Gigi Marvin

Finland’s Rosa Lindstedt (L) fights for the puck withUSA’s Gigi Marvin (R) during their Group match of Women’s Ice Hockey at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Thunderbird UBC Arena, Vancouver, Canada, 18 February 2010. ROBERT GHEMENT/EPA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: epaphotosfour007378

Alex Carpenter USA

USA right wing Alex Carpenter (25) battles for the puck with Canada defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson (12) during the second period in an exhibition hockey game at Air Canada Centre. Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix209016

USA Olympic Goalie Jessie Vetter

Olympic hockey player Jessie Vetter poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah October 2, 2013. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix078730

USA Defnceman Kacey Bellamy

Kacey Bellamy (L) of the United States stats with the puck against Canada’s Haley Irwin during the women’s Gold Medal Hockey game at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, Feb. 25, 2010. Canada’s team claimed the title of the event after winning the match 2-0. Wu Wei/ZUMApress/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericassix699344

American Hockey Kelli Stack

USA’s Kelli Stack #16 during the Women’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game between Canada and the United States held at Canada Hockey Place during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Bob Frid/Icon SMI 109/Bob Frid/Icon SMI/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: iconphotostwo487732

Lamoureux Twins

Twin sisters Monique, left, and Jocelyne Lamoureux, 24 from Grand Forks, North Dakota, at the USOC Olympic Media Summit in Park City, Utah. Erich Schlegel/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasnine646038

USA Women's Hockey Goal

USA defenseman Megan Bozek (9) celebrates with defenseman Anne Schleper (15) and right wing Alex Carpenter (25) after scoring a goal against Canada during the first period in an exhibition hockey game at Air Canada Centre. Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix209015

Forward Lyndsey Fry

Canada defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson (12) protects the puck from USA forward Lyndsey Fry (18) during the first period in an exhibition hockey game at Xcel Energy Center. Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix207002

Meghan Duggan Celebration

Meghan Duggan (#10) celebrates after scoring a goal during the ice hockey match against Canada in the 2008 IIHF World Women Championship in Haerbin. USA defeated Canada 4-2. Guo Junfeng/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasthree108240

2 thoughts on “Olympics 2014: US Women’s Hockey Team

  1. Donna Tichenor

    I am embarrassed by the women’s hockey team during the medal ceremony. For crying out loud, they won a Silver Medal at the Olympics! They all had such long faces and some of them cried. Stop being babies. The best team won. Suck it up.

  2. Ty Cobb Post author

    It has to be hard to stand out there so soon after a tough, gut wrenching loss. But you’re right an Olympic silver medal is something to be proud of and I’m sure given some time they will fully appreciate what they’ve accomplished.

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